How Much Does a Screened-In Porch Cost?

Bry'Ana Arvie
Written by Bry'Ana Arvie
Reviewed by Andy Kilborn
Updated June 10, 2022
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Highlights

  • Screened-in porches typically cost $2,000 to $2,800.

  • Size, material, and additional features influence its final cost.

  • If you DIY this project, you can save an estimated $2 per square foot in labor cost.

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Adding a screened-in porch onto your home is a great way to enjoy all of the great things about going outside (the sunshine and sounds of nature) without having to deal with all the not-so-great stuff (bugs or precipitation).

Screened-in porch costs can fluctuate based on the size of the porch, the materials you purchase, and whether you choose to build it yourself. This cost guide will help you find a porch that fits your budget.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Screened-In Porch per Square Foot?

You’ll find that $25 to $120 per square foot is a good rule of thumb for an entirely new build, including the porch itself. You might be able to lower this price by adding a screened-in enclosure around an existing porch.

On average, a new screened-in porch will cost between $2,000 and $2,800, according to HomeAdvisor. This range is the typical price for a 200-square foot porch, which is about the average size of a new enclosed porch. Bigger porch builds, custom designs, and other costs (especially expensive flooring) could drive the price up to $10,000 or more.

Size (per square foot)Average Cost
12x12$860
14x16$1,300
20x20$2,400

“Installing a screened in porch is a great way to increase the number of days a year you can utilize your outdoor space,” says Andy Kilborn, Angi Expert Review Board member and owner of Andy’s Handyman.

Screened-In Porch Cost Factors

Building a screened-in porch isn’t a cookie-cutter project; here are some of the key factors to consider that’ll influence your project’s final cost. 

Existing Foundation

Some homeowners already have a porch or deck and are only interested in screening it in. And if that’s you and you have an existing foundation and roof, this project will cost you far less than if you needed to build everything from scratch. 

Location

Your location makes a huge impact on how much it’ll cost you to build a screened-in porch. Depending on your geographical location, you might pay more or less than other homeowners for the same project because of labor fees or access to the material you want. 

Pro Tip: Most homeowners want to build their screened-in porch during the warmer months. But if you plan your project right, you can build yours during cooler seasons when pros aren’t as busy for easier scheduling and potential sales and discounts. 

Size

The size of your screened-in porch will impact how much it’ll cost for a pro to install one. For example, if you want a porch with enough wiggle room to host gatherings with around 10 people, it’ll cost you a pretty penny. On the other hand, if you’re more interested in building a screened-in porch with a small, secluded area to enjoy your latest book without all the bugs, you’re looking at a much lower bill based on size alone.   

Project Complexity

While size will affect the cost of your project, it’s not that black and white; the project difficulty also plays a role. Want your porch built on the second level of your home with stairs leading up to it? It’ll cost you more to build. Or will your land need to be properly graded before your pro can start on your porch? The more complex the project, the more it will cost in labor.  

Material

Without a doubt, the material you’re interested in will determine the price tag you’re looking at for this project. If you want solar screens for your porch with pressure-treated wood, these materials will cost you more than if you got a fiberglass screen with concrete flooring. 

Add-ons

Additional bells and whistles like a ceiling fan, electrical wiring, and propane fire pit, will add to your project’s final cost. So, if you want extra features and add-ons that’ll make your new space more relaxing and easier to enjoy, expect a higher price tag. 

Roof Type

While the roofing material is important, the type of roof will also determine this project’s cost. The most common roof types are shed, gable, and hip for screened-in porches. Each roof has pros and cons with its labor and material fees to go along with it. 

What Screened-In Porch Can I Get on My Budget?

Screened-in porch builds are very common projects, and you should be able to find a screen porch builder near you at an affordable price no matter where you live. 

From downsizing your porch to building upon an existing porch on your deck, there are plenty of ways to save money when building additional living space. Here’s what you might be able to get on your budget.

$2,000 or under

For $2,000 or less, you can build a new aluminum screened-in porch or have screening added to an existing deck. You might be able to stay in this range with a professional if you wait until the offseason (fall or winter) to get your screened-in porch built.

$2,000 to $3,000

In this price range, you can get a standard screened-in porch (200 square feet, made of aluminum with concrete flooring) 

$3,000 to $5,000

Beyond the $3,000 mark, you may be able to add additional features to your 200-square-foot screened-in porch that boost your home’s property value. For example, hardwood floors (cedar, mahogany, Brazilian Ipe) or stained tile could be a higher-end option that fits this price range.

$5,000 to $10,000+

Beyond $5,000, you’re probably looking at a custom-built screened-in porch. You might be able to consider features like retractable screens or solar screens, as well as high-end hardwood floors and an asphalt roof extension.

You can also consider additional structures, like a patio or walkway, (which some contractors do simultaneously) to enhance your outdoor living space. A four-season sunroom may also fall into this price range.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Screened-In Porch Yourself?

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You can save several hundred (or even thousand) dollars by installing a screened-in porch yourself. The cost of labor is about $2 per square foot, so for a 200-square-foot space, you might save $400 or more.

DIY screened-in porch kits start at around $2,000 and include everything you’ll need (screens, posts, railing, door, etc.) to build your living space.

Screened-In Porch Cost Breakdown

Here are all the items you’ll need to factor in when building a screened-in porch:

Screen

Screens are typically made of the following materials:

Screen MaterialCost
Aluminum$5 – $7 per square foot
Fiberglass$4.50 – $5.50 per square foot
Solar Screens$5.50 – $7 per square foot
Motorized Retractable Screens$2,000 – $4,000 per unit (not sold by square foot)

Keep in mind, screened-in porches can be built off of your home’s structure or as a standalone structure in your backyard attached to a patio. A standalone will require a fourth wall of screening, which will drive up the price.

You’ll also need to rescreen your porch every six to eight years (on average, if well maintained). You should factor this into the cost of your build, as ripped or damaged screens can defeat the purpose of creating an outside living space for you or your family.

Screen Door

Screen doors start at $300 and can cost up to $2,000, depending on the material.

If you have kids or anticipate heavy foot traffic through your screened-in porch, it’s probably worth investing in a solid screen door. Repairing a screen door can cost $100 to $200 in materials alone, depending on the damage.

Flooring

You can choose from a variety of flooring options for your screened-in porch:

  • Most affordable: Concrete

  • Moderately priced: Cedar, Slate tile

  • Most costly: Some types of hardwood (Brazilian Ipe), pressure-treated wood, stone

Steps

Depending on the layout of your home and the size of the staircase you build, the entrance alone could range from $300 (a simple concrete stair) to $1,900 (a stoop with multiple stairs and space for recreation).

Because screened-in porches are a focal point of your home, it’s a good idea to think critically about the type of porch you want to build, the materials you’ll use, and where your steps will lead, as well as the aesthetic it will create in your front or back yard.

Roof/Covering

Roofs for screened-in porches are typically made from asphalt or an aluminum patio cover.

Asphalt ranges between $16 and $30 per square foot, while an aluminum cover is between $14 and $22.

Permits

Some areas may require permits, which could cost between $50 and $200 for your built-in porch. Ask your contractor or local officials about permit requirements in your area.

FAQs

Does a screened-in porch add value?

While screened-in porches aren’t included in the total square footage of your home, they can give you up to 84% return on investment. Especially if you live in an area with a warm, humid climate and bugs, which are common in Southern regions. While colder climates won’t experience as much ROI, this secluded add-on can add some value to your home. 

How long do they last?

The average lifespan of a screened-in porch is six to eight years, with good maintenance. Here are some must-know maintenance tips to keep your screened-in porch in good standing:

  • Clean it regularly

  • Rinse all surfaces in the spring

  • Re-seal the wood as needed

Can you build a screened-in porch on an existing deck?

Yes, you can build a screened-in porch on your existing deck. And not only is this doable, but you can potentially save money on this project in the process as long as your deck is in good shape.

What other projects should I do at the same time?

When planning for screened in-porches, homeowners often tackle other outdoor living projects simultaneously.

Examples include:

  • New patio build, renovations, or upgrades

  • Walkways (to the driveway, front of the house)

  • Flower beds (a local gardener can grow these around the edges of your porch)

A local screen porch builder can likely complete a standard porch build in a day or two at a locked-in price.

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